Pubdate: Fri, 27 Nov 2009
Source: National Post (Canada)
Page: A17
Copyright: 2009 Canwest Publishing Inc.
Author: Jodie Emery


Re: Legislation To Stop Foreign Crimes Being Served In Canada, Nov. 26.

It's worrisome to read that the Conservative government is 
introducing legislation to make it harder for Canadian prisoners 
abroad to be transferred to Canada to serve their time at home.

My husband, Marc Emery, is the leader of the BC Marijuana Party and a 
long-time political activist who is being extradited to the United 
States to serve a five-year prison term in the U.S. federal system. 
His "crime" was selling marijuana seeds in Canada, which the 
government endorsed and collected taxes on for a decade.

Even though Marc never went to the United States, the Canadian 
government and police conspired with U.S. authorities to have him 
charged there with what could have been a life sentence. My husband 
should have been charged and sentenced in Canada, just as others who 
did the same "crime" have been.

Shame on the government for this legislation, which is a slap in the 
face of any Canadian who values our Charter of Rights and Freedoms 
and Canadian citizenship. Marc will apply for a prison transfer once 
he begins his sentence and I hope that he will be able to come home 
to serve his time.

Jodie Emery,

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